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Progress made with Gadfly Mystery
Confusingly, the boatbuilders Anderson, Rigden & Perkins built a number of boats called Gadfly, of which the boat now called Gadfly Jack was the first. Built by eye, Gadfly Jack was inspired by a Harrison Butler design although not sufficiently closely for it to be immediately obvious which design! Once we have some photographs of her, the association experts will have a go at working out which design, if any, she most closely matches.
She first appears, as Gadfly, in the Lloyd's register of 1959. From 1960 onwards, Harrison Butler is named as the designer. She was enthusiastically raced throughout the 1960s by owner, Jack Merricks, with sail number 17 Y and RORC rating of 15.45'.
In 1974 ownership changed, and she became registered to three Royal Navy Officers, all with the surname Durnford.
In 2010, Shane bought Gadfly Jack and began restoring her in a boatyard in Wadebridge, Cornwall. He replaced the deck including a number a deck beams and the entire cockpit. He hoped to have her back in the water, late 2012.
Gadfly Jack Statistics
Built : 1937 by Anderson, Rigden & Perkins Ltd of Whitstable, Kent
LOA : 26' 5"
LWL : 22' 5"
Beam : 8' 7"
Draught : 4' 5"
Displacement : 6 tons TM
OGA Boat Number : 0017
Gadfly Jack Custodians & Home Ports
Shane (2010-2015...) Cornwall
Jonathan and Deborah Clift (?-1982-?) Devon
Durnford Family (1974-1979-?) St Just-in-Roseland
Jack Merricks BEM (?-1959-1973) Rye
Harold Doughty (1937-1945-?) Kent
Gadfly Jack Links
• None found (October 2017)
Page last updated : October 2017